I have been offered a slot at NAPS. Although USNA has been my dream for so long, I also received an Appointment from USAFA. I am conflicted about the extra year and also the reapplication process for USNA. Looking for anyone with advice on this topic, please.
You might find some good food for thought on all the "prep," "NAPS," "MAPS," "Foundation Scholar," "Falcon Scholar," and similar threads.
My personal view is USNA has decided it wants you, so strongly, in fact, they will wait for you, give you a fully-funded spot at NAPS, buff out the areas they think you need polishing to maximize your success at USNA. If you do your part at NAPS, reapply for a nom as most successfully do, you have an open door in front of you that leads to your stated dream. If USNA is your dream, you have been asked to just do this one thing, well, and you will get there.
NAPSters and prepsters tend to do well once at USNA. They have matured in a year away from home, and at NAPS, have gotten comfortable with military routine and culture, with plenty of uniformed staff to help. You will not be "behind." Your 2022 classmates will be a mix of direct appoints, preppers, college re-applicants, older prior enlisted - once there, no one cares.
Now, Navy or Marine service vs. AIr Force service is what you should really be comparing. Great that USAFA offered you an appointment. Do you want to be an AF officer? Or Navy or Marine? Make that decision, and I suspect everything will fall into place.
I hope you have researched NAPS and spoken to Capt Wallace or his staff at the USNA Foundation about noms and any other concerns. Ask him the scary question: "What if I don't get a nom from MOC?" He is a very nice man, who was the active duty Director of Admissions when I was a Battalion Officer. He has been doing this a long time. If USNA has offered you NAPS, they are holding a place for you in 2022 and have faith in you. Many call it the Golden Ticket.